About our film festivals

We have more than 19 years professional experience of sourcing and programming the best international films. Our festivals are dedicated to bringing you outstanding world cinema that explores Jewish and Israeli life, history and cultures worldwide. Many of our films are presented together with Q&As with the creative talent behind the films as well as discussions with film critics, celebrities, academics and other speakers.

UK – In the UK we have been running the largest Jewish festival in Europe for 19 years. The UK Jewish Film Festival takes place in 12 cinemas across London as well as in venues in Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham & Glasgow. At the 2015 UK Jewish Film Festival, we screened 85 international films at 130 screenings and welcomed 15,000 visitors.

Geneva – After our most successful festival yet in 2016, the Geneva International Jewish Film returns for its 7th edition in March 2017.

Montreal – For the second year running UK Jewish Film managed the programme for the Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Montreal which ran from 26th May – 2nd June 2016.

Zurich – In March 2016 we programmed the first ever Yesh! Zurich Jewish Film Festival and will be programming again in 2017.

 

UK Jewish Film Festival

Our flagship annual festival has been running since 1997. Since its inception the festival has had over 150,000 visitors.

2015

The 19th Annual Festival was our biggest yet with over 130 screenings across 17 venues nationwide. Film talent from around the globe joined us to celebrate the rich and diverse programme of films.

2014

With a total of 95 films from 27 different countries, the 2014 UK Jewish Film Festival attracted more than 14,500 visitors! For its 18th edition, the festival hosted films that are more than ever insightful as the fantastic filmmakers addressed with talent and creativity topics that are still a going concern in our societies.

To view a PDF version of the Programme click UKJFF 2014 Programme

 

2013

The 17th UK Jewish Film Festival featured screenings of over 80 films and other special events across five cities – London, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester – over the course of 19 days. We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters for making it possible!

2012

56 UK premieres from 23 countries; 58 screenings and events in London and 16 regional screenings in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, over 18 days

2011

Films from 16 countries including Norway, Russia and Poland. Robert Popper, the writer and producer of Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner was interviewed by Boyd Hilton, TV & reviews editor of Heat Magazine.

2010

First UKJFF Ambassador: Tracy-Ann Oberman. Special guests: Floella Benjamin OBE DLA, David Baddiel and David Schneider. The festival hosted a night of live comedy and a special event exploring LGBT activism through filmmaking.

2009

Celebrity guest Ronit Elkabetz attended the UK Premiere of Jaffa, and Maureen Lipman launched our barmitzvah-themed film selection. The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man was also shown.

2008

The UKJFF tour was expanded to Sarajevo and Belgrade. UK premiere of Sacred Language, Spoken Language and a special preview of award-winning animation Waltz with Bashir.

2007

Guest of Honor: Alan Yentob. Screening of The Garden that Floated Away in collaboration with the Jewish Book Week. Other highlights included Sing-A-Long-A Joseph, an event looking at independent cinema and promotion of the London Zagreb Jewish Film Festival

2006

Annual Audience Award introduced. UK premieres included Sixty Six and Marock.

2005

2005 saw the creation of the first Short Film Fund. The festival hosted the UK premieres of Live and Become and The First Time I Was Twenty. Films were also shown in 8 other cities. Guests included Anthony Minghella, Radu Mihaileanu and Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CB.

2004

40 films and a UK tour taking in Edinburgh, Manchester, and Belfast. UKJFF hosted the UK premier of Le Grand Role. Special guests included Bill Nighy.

2003

We changed our name to the UK Jewish Film Festival to mark our first year at national level. Celebrity Interview: Zoe Wanamaker. Other guests included Paul Morrison, the Mayor of Brighton and Hove City, and a number of MPs and celebrities. The first Limmud Fest took place in 2003.

 

2002

2002 was a difficult time to be programming a Jewish Film Festival, and we aimed for dialogue about the troubles in the Middle East. Alongside the films, we hosted a performance by acclaimed ensemble The Burning Bush. Celebrity Interview: Maureen Lipman and her husband Jack Rosenthal

2001

South Coast premier of Time of Favour, attended by director Joseph Cedar. Our first tour (Aberdeen, Cambridge, Oxford and York) and our first short films programme. Celebrity Interview: Miriam Margolyes. Other guests included Gary Synyor, Paul Morrison and Marc Isaacs.

2000

UK Premiere of Rabbi Lionel Blue’s first film, attended by Rabbi Blue himself. Celebrity Interview: Chaim Topol. Other guests included Matej Minac, director of All My Loved Ones.

1999

UK Premiere of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, plus films from Canada, Holland, Israel, France and South Africa and many other countries. Celebrity Interview: Stephen Fry. Guests included Martin Hageman.

1998

Highlights included the ‘Israel at 50′ Jubilee film selection; our first LGBT film, Oy Gay; our first Celebrity Interview, with film director Lewis Gilbert; and director Férid Boughedir attending the Festival as a special guest.

1997

The first edition of the Festival took place in Brighton, from the 8th-16th November 1997. Films screened included cult Israeli Avanti Popolo and Eran Riklis’ Cup Final alongside workshops and exhibitions. Holocaust Day was remembered on the 10th November.

Geneva International Jewish Film Festival

2015

The 5th Geneva International Jewish Film Festival run from 25-29 March 2015. 25 films were screened at Pathe Rex Cinema

 

2014

  • Now in its fourth year

2013

The Festival opened with The Zigzag Kid.  Other films included A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, The Flat and Being Jewish in France.

2012

20 outstanding features, documentaries and shorts, including the Swiss Premiere of Gei Oni, attended by director Dan Wolman and lead actor Zion Ashkenazi.

2011

The Opening Night Gala, with the Swiss Premiere of  Barney’s Version was a sell out and in total there where 17 Swiss Premieres from 9 countries.  Guests included Avi Nesher, Justin Bartha, Tracy-Ann Obermann and Susane Sutchy.

Le Long Weekend French Film Festival

2013

Our debut mini-festival of contemporary French cinema included screenings of Populaire and What The Day Owes The Night, and the UK Premiere of Capital. Oscar-winning director Costa-Gavras and producer Michelle Ray Gavras were guests of honour.